Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Waisi on Friday night lashed out at Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma for blaming Muslim vendors for the rise in vegetable prices. Perhaps they also blame “Mia Bhai” for their personal failures, he said.
There is a house in the country, if the buffalo does not give milk or the chicken does not give eggs, then the blame is on me. Maybe your “private” nakamayan contract should be opened by my brother.
— Asaduddin Waisi (@asadowaisi) July 14, 2023
Mr. Sarma had sparked a huge controversy earlier on Friday by claiming that Muslim vegetable sellers were raising the price of vegetables and if “Assamese people” were selling vegetables, they would never charge more to “their Assamese people”.
“Who has raised the price of vegetables so much? They are the traders, who are selling vegetables at high prices,” said Mr. Sarma.
‘Miya’, in the local language, refers to Bengali-speaking Muslims who live in Assam but are believed to have originally migrated from Bangladesh. Assam’s chief minister has often criticized the Mia community as “too communal”. He even suggested they were ‘outsiders’, accusing them of trying to distort Assamese culture and language.
“Mia traders are charging higher prices for vegetables from Assamese people in Guwahati, while the price of vegetables is lower in villages. If Assamese traders were selling vegetables today, they would never have charged higher prices from their Assamese counterparts,” he added. In a BBC report.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Mr. YC reacted strongly.
“There is a mandali (group) in the country who will blame Miyaji even when the buffalo doesn’t give milk or the hen doesn’t lay eggs in their house. Perhaps they also blame Miya Bhai for their ‘personal’ failures,” he said.
The AIMIM chief also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying there was a deep friendship going on between the Prime Minister and foreign Muslims.
“Manage them by asking for tomatoes, spinach, potatoes, etc.” He quipped, referring to the Prime Minister’s recent visit to Muslim majority countries.